book contains over 50 recipes I find
myself very reluctant to call it a
"cookery book". So what would I call it?
A miniature "coffee table" book and for
those of you who haven't heard that
term, it usually refers to a
glossy book which is often highly
illustrated and suitable for placing on
coffee tables in private living rooms or
public waiting areas, so people can
browse through to pass the time.
This book does have some lovely
photography, however too many are not of
the recipes and the general feeling I
got was that it was put together using
up odds and ends - from the
graphics to the recipes to the general
The lunchbox title refers to Indian "Tiffins"
which have become better known in the west
recent years. However it seemed to me
that the recipes, which ranged from full
blown curries to drinks, were no more
suited to this form of service than any
other Indian recipes.
The book starts with a short editorial
as to how Tiffins came about and then
launches into a chapter called
Classic Anglo-Indian Favourites
which includes Mulligatawny Soup, Egg
Curry, Railway Lamb Curry and Kedgeree.
Ah, that reminds me, this is not a
vegetarian cookbook as is implied on the
front fly sheet.
Next comes a chapter called Lunch in
a box consisting of mainly
vegetarian offerings, then chapters
called Afternoon Tiffin and
Tiffin Snacks which feature all
sorts of recipes from sandwiches to
samosas to spiced coffee.
Many of the recipes have some sort of
commentary at the beginning, with
measurements in metric and imperial.
There were a couple of recipes which you
may not have come across, such as Khasta
Kachoris (pastry puffs stuffed with
spiced lentils and fried) but I can't
see myself going back to this book over
and over again. It might make a pleasant
gift for someone who has a general
interest in food.